Civic Innovations

Technology, Government Innovation, and Open Data

Open Data

  • How Open Data Can Help Fight the Flu

    This season, influenza activity started about 4 weeks early and was intense. Influenza-like-illness rose quickly to well above the baseline of expected activity and remained elevated for 15 consecutive weeks, making this season slightly longer than average. — 2012-2013 Flu Season Wrap Up, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention When open data and an acute… Continue reading

  • Open Data and “Exoproduction”

    I’ve been thinking about a way to describe what I have seen happening in the world of open data over the past few years, where outside developers create new applications and solutions built with government data to provide a service or transaction that might otherwise be provided by a government agency (or not provided at… Continue reading

  • Five Ways to Make Government Procurement Better

    Nothing in recent memory has focused attention on the need for wholesale reform of the government IT procurement system more than the troubled launch of There has been a myriad of blog posts, stories and articles written in the last few weeks detailing all of the problems that led to the ignominious launch of… Continue reading

About Me

I am the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia. I also served as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, and as Director of the State of Delaware’s Government Information Center. For about six years, I served in the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS), and helped pioneer their work with state and local governments. I also led platform evangelism efforts for TTS’ cloud platform, which supports over 30 critical federal agency systems.